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Shai Avnieli
Adv. Shai Avnieli

Electra City Tower
58 Harakevet St.
Tel Aviv

Shai Avnieli

Shai specializes in representing clients in complex dispute-resolution procedures, with a special focus on procedures relating to engineering and infrastructure projects, including insurance related disputes. 

Shai also possesses extensive experience advising contractors and entrepreneurs throughout all stages of a project.


Shai’s clients include leading Israeli engineering and infrastructure companies, as well as internationally known entities operating the infrastructure and energy sectors.


Shai is well versed in advising on various infrastructure projects, including those involving roads, rail transport, water, gas, renewable energy, seaports, and airports. Examples of projects Shai has advised are the Tel Aviv Light Rail Red Line Project, the Tunneling Project for the High Speed Rail between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the Ashdod Desalination Plant Project, and the Ben-Gurion Airport Expansion Project.


Shai represents clients in various courts, arbitrations, and alternative dispute resolution procedures.


Shai also serves as a guest lecturer in the Israeli Association of Construction & Infrastructure Engineers arbitrators course and is a member of the Society of Construction Law.


Prior to joining Barnea, Shai served as a partner in the litigation department of S. Horowitz


Hebrew University of Jerusalem, LL.B. 2004


Member of the Israel Bar Association since 2005

News and updates - Shai Avnieli:

December 29, 2020

Summary of Projects in the Infrastructure Field in Israel 2020

As an expert in the infrastructure field, Shai Avnieli was interviewed for Calcalist’s podcast to provide his highlights for the year 2020. He analyzed how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the industry and where the infrastructure industry is headed.

August 25, 2020

TheMarker published this morning an in-depth report on the logistics of purchasing COVID-19 products

The article mentions the Ministry of Finance's decision to exempt from a tender process LR Industries Ltd., an Israeli importer, thus allowing it to supply millions of COVID-19 testing kits to the Ministry of Health, at an estimated value of USD 7.7 million. In response, veteran Israeli company Biological Industries Bet Haemek filed an administrative appeal and a motion for an interim order against the decision. This process was led by Advs. Shai Avnieli and Shay Bello from our firm.

July 5, 2020

A Solution for Infrastructure Project Delays Is Also Needed

At the end of June, the Ministry of Construction and Housing announced that due to the coronavirus crisis the time in which a contractor can delay delivering an apartment without being sanctioned will increase to 100 days. Shai Avnieli, a partner in our Infrastructure Department, published an opinion article in Globes on the subject. He commented: "This decision, which stems from a desire to solve this complex issue, is indeed welcome. However, although this decision has a significant impact on the construction market in Israel, it does not fix the issues of the construction market as a whole, particularly not the infrastructure sector."

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